David Lummus joined the Center for Italian Studies in 2018. He coordinates on-campus events and international collaborations, oversees communications and operations, and supports special initiatives and strategic planning at the center. He is also a visiting assistant professor of Italian Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.
Lummus holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Italian and Classics from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Italian from Stanford University. He was previously on the faculty at Stanford University and at Yale University, where he taught medieval and early modern Italian literature and culture.
His research on Boccaccio, Petrarch, and the Italian fourteenth century has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and books. His monograph, The City of Poetry: Imagining the Civic Role of the Poet in Fourteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge, 2020) was awarded the 2019 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies by the Modern Language Association (press release).
He has co-edited a book with Martin Eisner titled A Boccaccian Renaissance: Essays on the Early Modern Impact of Giovanni Boccaccio and His Works (Notre Dame, 2019) and he is the editor of The Decameron Sixth Day in Perspective (Toronto, 2021).
He is also a member of the editorial board of Dante Studies, the journal of the Dante Society of America, for 2020-2022.